Bb was the MacBook Air base 13 for 899-100 for school. They also have mbpr for 1234-100. 1134 and 799. Is 8gb and the retina worth the difference? I'm just gonna be doing email, writing, music and watching movies
Work has just bought me a Retina MacBook Pro 13". I have my own 2013 MacBook Air 11". I was so excited, but what a letdown!
First, to be clear, I am not a power user. That said, I am just like very many people. I use Office, Email, Internet, iTunes and not much more.
So, why is my MBA so much better from my point of view? Well, it is lighter, thinner and seems just as fast. It is also cheaper. Frankly, I can hardly tell the difference between the screens, and to run the MPB at retina resolution, everything has to be "large". As soon as I change it to get everything smaller to get more on the screen, it is no longer "retina" anyway. At retina resolution, I see less than I see on my 11" screen at the resolution I run it at. Oh, and let us not forget that the MBA battery life us superior.
I realise it is horses for courses, but for me, it is MBA all the way. My new shiny MBP is just a chunky heap alongside the MBA. What I bought my MBA, I always wondered if I should have coughed up a bit more, and gone for the MBP, but now I know I made exactly the right decision.
Like Meister said 4gb ram is plenty for your usage. Get a higher storage if its your main computer or the base model if its not. I have a BTO 13" retina MBP provided by work, and a base 13" MBA for my wife's use at home. She is pretty happy with it.
I have an 11" MBA and find it excellent in nearly every respect - easily powerful enough for all the applications you mention. In fact very responsive with the flash memory. The only negative I would say is the screen, which is not that great for text, because on such a small screen (OK you're going for 13" but similar) you start to notice the pixels and the font smoothing, so characters are a bit blurry and not very black. So I would hope for a 13" retina MBA in your situation. The MBA is a great size and weight and really zippy. But I've never actually used a retina laptop so no real idea what the screen looks like - if it's anything like my iphone 5S it would be a great improvement.